I was on the streets of Seattle with my sister and told her about Mars Hill Church. She agreed to come there with me, and next thing I knew we were both baptized and stayed for the sermon. This is a blessing in the making since my sister is now at the Christian Biker Tabernacle in Tacoma. …
This is way cool since we were both street kids but my sister and I are two totally different people and I am very much a beiliever in Christ and help the homeless and people I come across. I am homeless but very much part of the church and spread the word every chance I get. I see things happening around me and I opened up my mind and my eyes this is a wonderful thing here and I am so happy. Even though I don’t have very much, my heart is singing every day and I am truly greatful for his blessings. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
Hi Pastor Mark,
Jesus has been pursuing me relentlessly for 30 years. He has surrounded me with faith-filled Christians who have been praying for me, and witnessing to me, even when I didn’t want to hear about Him. My husband became a Christian in 1993 at his mom’s deathbed. He insisted that we start attending a Christian church, which I attended with much wailing and gnashing of teeth.
I became an atheist after I was raped when I was 16. I proceeded into agnosticism in my 20s and 30s. I considered myself a “seeker,” but didn’t honestly consider evangelical Christianity even as an option. (So “open-minded” was I!) When my husband read an article in the Seattle Times about you, Pastor Mark, and about Mars Hill Church, he decided that our family should attend.
I hated it. I hated the music, and I hated the message. We attended for six years. In the seventh year, I began to hear that still small voice telling me it was time for me to come to Jesus. Oh, how I resisted! I wanted nothing to do with Jesus.
Finally, in January 2010, I could no longer resist. The still small voice had become too strong. I was baptized, and have truly come to believe that Jesus loves me, and that I am a daughter of Christ.
Christ has worked some big miracles in my life. I have struggled with alcohol for many years, and have tried to quit/cut back/moderate more times than I care to remember. In October, the Holy Spirit whispered to me that it was time to stop. He told me that, for me, drinking is a sin. I walked out church that morning, and told my husband what the Holy Spirit had said. The Holy Spirit has taken away my desire to drink, and has made wine taste bad. Praise the Lord! After so many years of struggling, it is not a struggle any longer. God is good!
I am the chaplain at an alternative high school in Bellevue called Eastside Academy. The majority of our students are not Christians, and many have been very outspoken in their disagreements with Christianity. One of our most outspoken was in active drug addiction until going to treatment in March 2010. She regularly met with me in my office at the school arguing with me and calling me “ignorant” for my beliefs. I continued to pursue her with the gospel, and she and a couple of other students even came to Mars Hill with myself and another staff member.
On January 29, she texted me and that other staff member and said, “I’m done fighting it. Jesus is Christ and He died for my sins … That’s it.” I couldn’t help but rejoice at the heart change God produced in her through the gospel. God has since continued to work in her heart according to his promise in Christ, and I am simply thankful to be a part of his work!